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Christmas festivities in Queensgate Shopping Centre will be like nothing you’ve seen before – and we can’t wait!

In a break from the traditional lights switch on, Queensgate Shopping Centre will instead be kicking off the Christmas season with their all new Festive Fiesta on Saturday November 17.

“Families will see the centre come to life at 10.30am with this complete magical takeover. It’s time to get excited, our Festive Fiesta is unlike anything we’ve done before,” said Centre Director at Queensgate, Mark Broadhead.

The centre will also be unveiling a new set of decorations throughout the shopping centre with a fantastic day of magical entertainment you really shouldn’t miss.

They’re promising a stunning extravaganza of dancing, music, entertainment, and magic. Everywhere you look there’ll be a celebration of Christmas. Dancing bellboys, mischievous elves, nutcracker ballerinas, drummers, plus the hilariously hideous Ugly Sisters come to life to start the joyful season with a bang.

And that’s not all! Every hour on the hour, from 11am shoppers can take part in a family fun Christmas Gameshow in which you can win incredible prizes.

Mark commented: “This is the event of the year! We can’t wait to bring Christmas 2018 to life for the people of Peterborough; we have got such an exciting schedule planned. And there will be plenty of surprises too, so keep your eyes peeled for those as the festive season approaches!”

The event also marks the return of Santa’s grotto in Central Square.

The grotto opening times are:

During November

Mon – Fri 11am-5pm

Saturdays 10am-6pm

Sunday’s 10.30-4.30pm

During December

Mon – Fri 10am-6pm

Saturdays 10am-6pm

Sunday’s 10.30am-4.30pm

Friday the 21st open for little late-night shoppers until 7pm

(Santa will be away from his grotto daily from 1pm-1.30pm to feed his reindeer, please note this time may vary slightly from day to day depending on queues).

Santa’s at Central Square giving little shoppers an early Christmas gift. Visits are £5.99 per child, and for a little extra they can have a photo with him too.

More details about the light switch on will be announced on Queensgate’s social media channels:;


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